ONS: 27 September 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 27, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Battle for Sirte continued in Libya
  • AMERICAS: Mexican vigilantes called for action against Zetas cartel on Internet
  • ASIA: Suicide bombing in Afghanistan killed at least five
  • EUROPE: Russian finance minister Kudrin was forced to resign
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni defense minister survived  
  • TECHNOLOGY: Kindle Fire to be announced on Wednesday

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Diplomatic row with US continued
    • Pakistan began seeking diplomatic support from allies and the region in response to greatly increased US pressure following accusations of ISI ties to the Haqqani network.
    • A 2007 border attack that killed one American military officer in Afghanistan was tied to Pakistanis.
    • Taliban spokesmen stated that they, not the Pakistani government, controlled the Haqqani network
    • Coverage: VoA, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Gunmen attacked a gas pipeline to Israel. (AP)
  • Libya: The battle for Sirte continued, with NTC forces making significant progress against entrenched Gaddafi loyalists. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Police dispersed a crowd of anti-inflation protesters in Khartoum. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Nivaldo Renteria, a high-level drug trafficker connected to the Colombian cartel was sentenced to 34 years in US prison. (AP)
  • Cuba: FM Rodriguez stated his country wanted normalization of relations with the US. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities stated they were investigating videos posted on the Internet calling for vigilante action against the Zetas cartel. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide car bombing targeting police killed at least five people in Lashkar Gar. (BBC)
  • Pakistan: IM Malik vowed his government would aggressively support action against Chinese militants along the border during a meeting with China’s public security minister. (AP)
  • Philippines: Typhoon Nesat killed at least seven and displaced thousands in and around Manila. (WSJ)
  • Thailand: Amnesty International accused insurgents in southern provinces of targeting civilians and government forces of serious abuses. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Germany: Officials expressed reluctance to substantially increase the size and scope of the bailout fund designed to rescue troubled Eurozone economies. (Al Jazeera)
  • Greece: Protests by bus and train drivers against austerity policies shut down much of public transportation. (WSJ)
  • Russia: FM Kudrin was ousted from his position, apparently in connection to an ongoing disagreement with Dmitri Medvedev. (WSJ)
  • Spain: Authorities arrested five Algerians suspected of ties with Al Qaeda. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The government signed a deal to purchase 18 F-16 fighter aircraft from the US. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Security forces attacked the town of Rastan, wounding at least 20. (VoA)
  • Yemen: DM Ahmed survived a bombing attempt. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Tablet Computing: Leaks confirmed that Amazon will unveil the “Kindle Fire”, a tablet designed to compete with the Apple iPad on Wednesday. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Nesat
    • Location: 150 miles NNW of Manila
    • Movement: W at 20 mph
    • Winds: 100 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Philippe
    • Location: 715 miles W of the Cape Verde islands
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 70% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Couple hundred miles NE of the northern Leeward Islands
    • Movement: NW slowly
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): Hurricane Hilary
    • Location: 540 miles SW of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Winds: 115 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29SEP)

  • Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of self-rule guaranteed in the West Bank – 1995.
  • Turkey: Istanbul finance summit held.

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